Cambridge Science Festival 2017

Mar/26 10:30 - Mar/26 16:00
UTC Cambridge, Robinson Way, CB2 0SZ
Sunday, 26 March, 2017 - 10:30

Our theme for this year's Science Festival is

Up Close and Personal with Fluorescent Fruit Flies

Mitochondria can be tracked in animals using a fluorescent protein. Scientists from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit will showcase their research into neurodegenerative diseases through a demonstration showing the behaviour of fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). We will show how mutations in mitochondria might lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease. We will also use games and puzzles to demonstrate the techniques used to assemble millions of DNA sequences in the genetic diagnosis of patients with mitochondrial disease.

For further information see Cambridge Science Festival